A common way to move or copy a file or folder is to select it and drag it to another location. For example, you can drag a file to the Recycle Bin to delete the file, or to a folder to copy or move it to that location.
What happens when you drag and drop a file depends on where you drag it. The following table describes what happens when you drag and drop a file to different locations.
A folder on same drive
The file is moved to the destination folder.
A folder on a different drive
The file is copied to the destination folder.
A library on your computer (such as the Documents library)
If the library's main folder (or default save location) is on the same drive, the file will be moved. If it's on a different drive, it will be copied.
Pay attention to pop-up messages that appear when dragging—you can use these to find out what will happen when you release the mouse button.
If you press and hold the right mouse button while dragging, a menu appears that lets you choose a specific action, such as copying or moving.
To learn other ways to copy files, see Copy and paste a file.